A Shiny Life For Me!

a personal review blog by Bianca

All Of Us

All Of Us
18. August 2022
National Theatre
5.0 out of 5.0 stars

It’s taken me a while to finally write about All Of Us, currently playing at the National Theatre. This brand new play by Francesca Martinez is one of the most authentic and emotional pieces I’ve ever had the privilege to experience.

The story centres around Jess, who has built a successful life around her disabilities, working a job she is passionate about, having a small group of very close friends, and generally enjoying life deeply. But as austerity measures change the way benefits and services are assigned, everything she has built starts to unravel around her. She tries to quietly accept that errors have been made and patience is needed, but soon realises this is not a mistake, but rather a pattern threatening everyone who is reliant on assistance from the government. As she witnesses her friend’s lives being affected severely, she makes a stand and speaks out.

The play is very real, raw, and deeply touching, while not forgetting a good dose of humour. I don’t think I’ve ever gone from laughing out loud to crying in such quick succession.

All of Us is an important timely piece that examines the consequences of austerity and the real life effects on people who society deems of lesser value. The slow erosion of the rights of those who are less able to fight back, is a threat on society as a whole, on our ability to support and help each other to make lives worth living for everyone, not just a select few.

If you have the chance, do yourself the favour of booking for this important new play!

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